Be prepared for an unforgettable getaway in Mauritius, often dubbed as the paradise on earth.
With its cerulean blue waters, white sandy beaches, set against a backdrop of beautiful green landscapes, the island is the epitome of tranquillity and serenity.
Discover the best things to do in Mauritius all year round!
Get your dose of Vitamin Sea at the most popular beach on the island, where you can do ample amounts of swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Lined with restaurants, bars and discos, it is also a shopping and leisure hotspot where the locals would head to for a fun-filled night out.
Trou d’Argent Beach
This stunning beach is located on Rodrigues Island and offers visitors a stunning spot for an intimate picnic or for you to just relax on the white sandy beaches, surrounded by the clear waters. The rocky coastline is the perfect backdrop for a secluded and more private beachside experience.
Don’t be fooled by its small size – this beach is packed with activities. Be one with the underwater life by going for a snorkelling session, or go on a well-deserved retail therapy session at some of the shopping outlets near the beach. Then, unwind at some of the restaurants and pubs while watching the sunset overlooking the beach.
La Cuvette Beach
Perhaps you prefer a more intimate setting? Located within walking distance from Grand Bay, this beach is clear of rocks and corals. Complete with amenities such as ample parking space, local snack shacks, changing room and shower facilities, you’re in for a great time with your loved one on this island.
A visit to Belle Mare and you’ll be welcomed by a 10km-long beach with pristine, velvet-like sand. What makes this beach so unique is the combination of its colours. The waters of the blue lagoon changes from a dark turquoise colour at the deep end, to crystal clear with a hint of turquoise at the shallow end. The white sandy beach presents a stark yet stunning contrast.
Swimmers, rejoice! If you’re looking to clock in some swimming time minus the strong sea currents, Flic-en-Flac is the perfect place for you. Fringed with filaos or casuarina trees, it is located between the villages of Albion and Tamarin, and its blue waters provide the best setting for beach lovers.
If you’re looking to explore the wonderful underwater life, look no further than Blue Bay. Be prepared for an exhilarating time as you swim alongside turtles during a diving escapade or opt for a glass-bottomed boat cruise to see the sea life of Mauritius.
Île Plate Beach
Located at the northernmost point of the island, it is home to one of the two working lighthouses. Opt for a relaxing time by the beach or snorkel and dive into the crystal clear waters for an up close encounter with Mauritius’ underwater life.
Le Morne Beach
This tropical beach is flanked by the 550m-high Le Morne Brabant Mountain, listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Its windy beach is suitable for kite surfing. For history buffs, the beach also provides a deep insight into the history and culture of Maldives.
Church at Cap Malheureux
A visit to the most beautiful church in Mauritius will take your breath away. Be in awe with the building, with its red roof, white walls, visible framework and stone-carved altar which stands on the north coast and facing the lagoon.
Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel
Mauritius is also home to unique places of interest such as this. An erosion of the volcanic ash makes the earth of Chamarel appear in 7 different colours, just like a rainbow. The best time to experience this natural phenomenon is during sunrise.
Serving as a time machine, this well-preserved Creole mansion was built in the 1830s. It provides an incredible insight into the island’s vibrant past. Surrounded by lush foliage, it’s the ideal place for you to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.
Central Market in Port-Louis
Visitors often flock the market in Port-Louis due to its offerings of local vegetables and fruits, exquisite handicraft, spices and herbal stands as well as many other local specialities amidst the hustle and bustle of the vendors. You’ll definitely find something to bring home!
Check out the stunning natural bridge formed by 2m-long of volcanic rock. The surface of the rock is covered with little holes which allows sea water to go through it, making whistling sounds like a blower. It’s a beautiful backdrop for a picture, you just have to wait for the right moment when the waves hit the rocks.
The Triolet Shivala
This is the longest and largest village on the island, where it is home to the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath. The village is also known for the Solitude Lake and the chimney tower of a sugar factory located here. Your visit to Mauritius would not be complete without a visit here.
There’s more to Mauritius than its stunning beaches. A visit to the Balaclava Ruins and you’ll learn the history and mystery of Mauritius. Take a break from all the beachside activities and opt for a historical exploration to get sneak peek of the lives of the people during the French rule.
Blue Penny Museum
Located at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, this museum houses two of the rarest stamps in the world. Due to its fragility, they are only illuminated 10 minutes every hour. Art enthusiasts appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of Mauritian art at this museum.
Swim with Dolphins at Tamarin
Get up close and personal with the dolphins from a speed boat! Experience 2.5 hours of swimming activity with the dolphins in their natural habitat that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Being a beachside paradise, diving centres scatter all along the island’s coast, from the west near Flic-en-Flac, the northern areas at Trou aux Biches, to the northern islands. Mauritius is one of the world’s top diving destinations due to its good underwater visibility, warm seas and the bountiful sea life!
Hiking at Black River Gorges
Go for a hike at the largest national park in Mauritius, famous for its beautiful waterfalls and serene vistas! There are about 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and birds which are only found in Mauritius, specifically here at one of the rarest forests in the world.
Deep Sea Fishing
Do you have a knack for fishing? If yes, then Mauritius would be a paradise for you! Fishing boats can be hired at most hotels and you can have a whale of a time catching fishes of all types, including sharks, yellow tuna, and other bigger sized fishes like the blue marlin.
Ride a horse or rent a quad bike or a 4-wheel drive and go on a discovery tour of the Moka Range! And if you’re the adventurous type, go on a two-hour climb up the Le Pouse, the island’s third highest mountain to be greeted by a spectacular 260-degree view of Port Louis that will surely take your breath away.
For the spiritual seekers, pay the Grand Bassin a visit and follow the route as it takes you to a natural crater lake, considered as the most sacred Hindu site on the Plaine Champagne. Also view the towering statue of Shiva that stands tall at 33m, which marks the entrance of the colourful temple.
Casela Nature Park
Walk alongside lions and cheetahs at the Casela Nature Park! Spanning over 250 hectares, the park is home to various fauna and flora, proving itself as the best attraction on the island. After seeing the animals, fuel up at the Casela Restaurant which offers Mauritian, European and Indian food while enjoying the view over Tamarin Bay and the Mauritian West Coast.
Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
A visit to the island is never complete without a trip to the world renowned botanical garden, commonly known as the Javanese orange tree which is also the name of the village it is located in. One of the most unique offerings in this place is the world’s largest water lilies.
Dubbed as Mauritius’ second city, Curepipe is located at a relatively higher elevation than other towns. It is bustling with life, and is famous for its rainy weather, volcanic crater and shopping centres.
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